Monday, July 29, 2013

India: Team Arrives To Study Fever Situation for Dengue

July 28, 2013
The central team that arrived on Saturday to study the fever situation and the related medical complexities in the state would hold a meeting with state health minister VS Sivakumar at the secretariat on Sunday.

The team, comprising medical experts, has been sent to Kerala after the state government requested the Union health ministry to conduct a comprehensive study and suggest long term measures that would curb dengue fever outbreak in future. The team would also look into the suspected genetic mutation of dengue viruses and the presence of dangerous virus subgroups that make certain dengue attacks fatal.

The team is led by Dr Kalpana Baruva, joint director of the national vector borne disease control programme. The other members are Dr BV Tandale of National Institute of Virology, Pune, and Ratnakar Sahu of RML hospital, Delhi.

On the first day of its three-day visit, the team toured the medical college, other related institutions and the dengue-affected areas here on Saturday. It would visit Kollam on Sunday.

A statement issued by the office of the health minister said the team would return on Tuesday.     

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